MS ALICE MAY BIRRELL, AUSTRALIA, THE UPPER IRRAWADDY, MAR 2017
I am writing to thank you so much for the trip on the Upper Irrawaddy. It was so enjoyable and I can't praise everyone involved enough. I have a foot problem and all the young men helped me every time I went ashore. They did everything imaginable to make it a wonderful cruise.
The food was outstanding and so beautifully presented; we enjoyed a Bang Bang salad demonstration and then the carving, the chef is very talented. I am attaching a photo of him with his work.
As for Ko (Dominic), he was the most patient man, it must be his Buddhist Teaching. Ko was so knowledgeable and helpful.
Again, my grateful thanks to you and all your staff.
DAWN CLARKE, UK, THE MIGHTY BRAHMAPUTRA RIVER, NOV 2016
Sailing up the mighty Brahmaputra River in North India with Pandaw River Cruises was a truly amazing adventure. I had always dreamed of seeing the real India and when we saw this opportunity to explore the Assam region by boat we couldn't resist.
The ship itself was wonderful - a real floating hotel. The cabins were beautifully appointed and spotless (I'd recommend a balcony birth so you can watch the ever-changing scenery slip by and enjoy an evening cocktail as the sun set) the crew were superb and really looked after us. The food was delicious with a great range of both western and Indian delicacies. Dinner was a very social affair we made some great friends and had many laughs with our fellow passengers.
What really set this trip apart was the sense of discovery. Every morning we woke up to watch the majestic river reveal new landscapes. Our itinerary was jammed packed with the most amazing experiences. Everyday we had excursions to temples, local villages and tea plantations. I have to make a special mention of Venkatesh, our resident naturalist, historian and all round lovely guy. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of the animals, birds and plant life and was always fascinating to talk with. When we visited temples, he could describe in detail the symbolism, spiritualism and beliefs. Every evening we were treated to talks on the wildlife and could watch the amazing sunsets from the 360- degree sundeck. One evening we disembarked to a deserted island to enjoy a bonfire barbeque and cocktails under the starlight sky.
The highlights of the trip had to be the two safaris to Kaziranga National Park. The first was by jeep which allowed us to cover a lot of ground and see as much of the abundant wildlife, culminating at sunset with a stunning view of the animals gathered at a watering hole. Our second was on elephant back which allowed us to get really close to the wildlife. At one point we were within feet of a basking Rhino, a truly amazing sight.
Sailing with Pandaw is more than just a holiday it's a truly unique and immersive experience, a trip of a lifetime. If you're interested in getting off the beaten track and seeing slices of life that the regular tourism would miss out on then this is the trip for you. It was an unforgettable journey and I can't recommend it enough.
Dawn Clarke and husband/partner
GERHARD OHLY, GERMANY, HALONG BAY AND THE RED RIVER, FEB 2017
We participate on a ship-cruise on the red river in Vietnam from 02-05-2017 - 02-15-2017. The name of the ship was RV Angcor Pandaw. The ship and the crew were excellent. We enjoy all very much. In the brochure of our travel-agency was announced that the trip goes also in the part of the nothern red river. Unfortunately we were not there. But the other excursion destinations were also very interesting.
I have made a little film from our journey;
Gerhard Ohly, Germany
RT, MANDALAY PAGAN PACKET, FEB 2017
I have just returned from a cruise on Kalaw Pandaw from Mandalay to Bagan with 17 other single people. I would just like to say how much we all enjoyed the time on (and off) the boat. The crew could not have been more friendly and helpful, the food better or the boat cleaner.
On boarding we were told "welcome to your second home", and that is indeed how it felt. The company is to be congratulated on its achievement in building such lovely traditional craft, and encouraging an atmosphere on board from a happy crew making a cruise such a lovely restful and interesting experience.
Don't change a thing,
EWA AND ROBERT RINGGENBERG, THE CHINDWIN, NOV 2016
The service was fantastic, beyond that the whole crew & staff showed an honest concern for all of us with a genuine smile at all times. Food was 5 star, 3 choices of entrees, lunch and dinner and a buffet breakfast with cooked menu to choose from. The drinks were good; free beer, local whisky, & soft drinks. Good wine & imported spirits for purchase at any time. The cabins were cleaned & beds changed daily. Shower was very good. Another 5 star!
Daily visits to villages, markets and schools, with our English-speaking guide… a real cultural experience, quite amazing. The scenery, photo opportunities & geography added to the overall experience. After 45 years of international travel, this was by far our best trip, fantastic from start to finish and not one negative. The crew & staff, the food & drinks, the culture, the boat, etc., makes this a must do regardless of your age.
Thank you Pandaw.
Ewa & Robert Ringgenberg Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
GERRY MARTIN, CANADA, THE GOLDEN LAND, FEB 2016
Dear Mr. Strachan
My wife and I were on The New Golden Land cruise from February 24 to March 5 sailing from Mandalay to Yangon and the trip was exceptional. Ive written a review on TripAdvisor and won’t repeat that here but I do want to compliment to you the on board staff and the guides. High level excellence all the way around. Thanks to you and Pandaw for a wonderful trip.
Terrace, British Columbia
JARVIS & GILLIAN RANSON, USA, HALONG BAY & THE RED RIVER, NOV 2015
Just got back into Hanoi after our wonderful cruise on Angkor Pandaw. I really can't express how superb it was. The boat was so unique, the staff very special and the tours went to villages that had not seen western tourists before.
Jarvis & Gillian Ranson
STELLA DIXON, MANDALAY PAGAN SHORT CRUISE, OCT 2015
I just wanted to send some feedback on our recent trip on the RV Orient in Myanmar. We were only on board for a two night stay, but the whole team on board were absolutely fantastic. We were very lucky to have the ship practically to our small group with Syder Travel, but I am sure the service would have been just as good if the boat were full. The ship was immaculate. The staff brilliant, and the food and service excellent. I very much hope to join a Pandaw cruise again the very near future.
STEVE & MARIA BOZEC, USA, THE CHINDWIN, OCT 2015
We just returned from our cruise in Myanmar on the Chindwin river on the RV Kalay and was absolute fantastic The flight to Homalin got canceled due to mechanical problems and they only fly sat and tue so went back to the Hotel in Mandalay Hill resort for 1 night which Pandaw paid for Then we drove to Bagan for a 3 days crusie on the RV Orient we were 4 people and the service was outstanding Then they drove us back to Mandalay and flew on tue to Homalin for the rest of our tripIt was absolute amazing and the crew and food was excellent. You handled the situation fabulous. Will be back.
Thank you again
Steve and Maria Bozec